- Who is Davie504?
- Why Does Davie504 Wear Headphones?
- Current Headphones
Who is Davie504?
Davie 504 ( Davide “Davie” Biale [born: April 5, 1994] ) is an Italian musician and YouTube content creator best known for his hilarious content and high skill on the bass guitar. As of 2020, his YouTube channel almost has nine million subscribers making him one of the most successful musicians on YouTube and the most subscribed Italian YouTuber in 2020.
Davie started playing bass guitar back in November 2009 and joined Youtube on May 19, 2011. His channel wasn’t anything special during the early years and mostly just featured covers/bass arrangements and collaborations with other YouTube Musicians.
However, in 2016, Davie504 started making more meme related videos. These videos attracted a lot of viewers who were not necessarily musicians. His newfound audience skyrocketed his channel, surpassing most of the established musicians on YouTube.
Aside from collaborating with popular musicians such as Rob Scallon, Charles Berthoud, and Herman Li, Davie has been involved with YouTubers outside of the music scene. He is best known for helping PewDiePie against his battle with T-Series.
One of the most iconic things about Davie504’s online persona is the headphones that he wears. Keep on scrolling to find out the model of his headphones as well as good alternatives for bass players and content creators.
Why Does Davie504 Wear Headphones?
Before we dwell on what headphones Davie504 uses, let us first find out why he wears them in the first place. Unlike other popular musicians on YouTube, Davie504 is almost always spotted wearing headphones on his videos. It became such a big deal that fans wanted to see him take off his headphones.
He did take his headphones off and during a special subscriber milestone video and explained why he always wears them. The reason is actually very simple. His headphones are connected directly to his field recorded, which he uses to monitor his voice.
Davie has shared that he does not talk too much. His earlier videos were all about bass playing and did not feature his voice. Having headphones assures that he does not make any mistakes when he is talking.
Now that we know why he always wears headphones let us find out what model he uses in his videos.
Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro
Davie504’s iconic headphones that have appeared in nearly all of his videos is the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro.
It is a closed-back studio monitoring headphone that has unique features that truly lives up to its “custom” branding. It largely resembles other headphones in Beyerdynamic’s headphone lineup, specifically the DT 770 Pro and DT 1770 Pro.
One of the highlights of the Custom One Pro is its customizable aesthetics. This includes the replaceable faceplates, ear pads, and headband.
However, the true custom feature of this headphone is the tunable bass settings. Four bass modes transform the Custom One Pro from slightly neutral to a fun sound. The lowest setting helps the Custom One Pro achieve more of a reference sound for professional work. It can then be fine-tuned to increase the bass response and make it more forward in the mix.
This makes the Custom One Pro incredibly versatile. You can use it as a reference for your mixes or as a monitor for your bass guitar/instruments. And when you are doing more casual music listening or if you are playing video games, then you can turn up the bass to give a completely different experience.
Overall, the Custom One Pro is a great product. Its only caveat is that it has been discontinued by the manufacturer. It can still be purchased on websites such as Amazon and eBay, but if you want modern alternatives to the Custom One Pro, then keep on scrolling.
Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro – Recommended Alternative
One of Beyerdynamic’s best offerings is the legendary Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro. Like the Custom One Pro, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro is a closed-back headphone with a removable headband and earpads. But unlike the Custom One Pro, the DT 770 Pro has a tuning that is more optimized for professional work.
It loses the Custom One Pro’s customizable bass response. But you do get a bass that is tighter and punchier than the COP. Additionally, the DT 770 Pro has a wide soundstage that sounds close to studio monitors/speakers.
One thing that you should keep in mind when shopping for a DT 770 Pro is that it has multiple versions. DT 770 Pro comes in 32-ohm, 80-ohm, 250-ohm, and 600-ohm versions. The 32-ohm and 80-ohm version can work without a headphone amplifier.
The 250-ohm and 600-ohm versions, on the other hand, require a headphone amplifier. So if you are planning on using the DT 770 Pro on the go or just want to plug them straight into your laptop/audio interface, you should opt for the 32 and 80-ohm versions.
In terms of the build quality, you are getting a headphone that’s built like a tank. It is made of high-quality plastic with metal reinforcements on the headbands and hinges. The DT 770 is, however, non-foldable, and its cable is non-removable.
This can be an issue if you wish to transport the DT 770 Pro. But if that is not a concern, the DT 770 Pro is one of the best headphones that Beyerdynamic makes. If you need headphones for monitoring your bass guitar or for mixing, then the DT 770 Pro is a great option.
Drop x Beyerdynamic DT 177X GO
If you are impressed with the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro and want an even better-sounding headphone, then the DT 177X GO easily fits the bill. The DT 177X Go is based on the DT 1770 Pro, which is the upgraded version of the DT 770 Pro.
This headphone is the result of Drop and Beyerdynamic’s collaboration. There are some differences between the DT 177X GO and the DT 1770 Pro. Some of the major ones are the lowered impedance and the significantly reduced price.
The DT 177X GO has an impedance of 32 ohms, which is a lot lower than the DT 1770 Pro’s 250-ohm impedance. This means that you can now use the DT 177X GO with almost any device. And despite the lower impedance, you are still getting the same technical performance as the DT 1770 Pro.
The only downside here is that the effects of adding headphone amplifiers such as tube amps will be minimal compared to the DT 1770 Pro. But the tradeoff is well worth it, especially for newer users who may not have these kinds of equipment.
There are small brandings from Drop (formerly known as Massdrop) added to the sides along with the new “177X GO” model number. Aside from those, both models are nearly indistinguishable from afar. Beyerdynamic’s same excellent build quality along with the DT 1770 Pro’s sound signature has been preserved in the DT 177X GO.
Overall the DT 177X GO is a great bargain. If you want to upgrade from the DT 770 Pro and the Custom One Pro, then this pair should be a no brainer.
Audio Technica ATH M50X
One of the best studio monitoring headphones that have been used by countless musicians is the Audio Technica ATH M50X. The reason for its popularity includes its sound quality and robust build quality.
These headphones are mostly made of high-quality plastic, which helps reduce the overall weight making them comfortable for long listening sessions. Crucial spots such as the headband and the hinges are reinforced with metal minimizing any risk of snapping. This pair can take a beating and will survive even if you don’t take care of them.
Additionally, these headphones fold into a smaller form factor. This factor is extremely important if you wish to use these in live gigs. The removable cable is also a plus since you can easily replace it when it fails, or you can opt for different cable lengths/custom cables depending on your needs.
In terms of the sound, the M50X has a balanced signature that is leaning on the warmer side of the spectrum. The bass is, however, slightly boosted, and the mids are slightly recessed. This can be an issue if you are mixing or monitoring other instruments.
But for monitoring drums and bass guitar, this works well. The bass is not as good as DT 770 Pro, and the soundstage is not as wide. However, it still holds its own and is still a worthy pair for bassists. If you want a tried and tested design, make sure to also check out the Audio Technica M50X.
Audio Technica M40X
Unlike the M50X, the M40X has a more neutral sound signature. There are no bass humps or mid recession. Its sound signature makes them more ideal headphones for mixing and mastering records as well as monitoring different kinds of instruments.
One downside of this kind of sound signature is that monitoring bass guitar can be a bit harder since the lower frequencies are not emphasized. But overall, if you want a lower-priced alternative to the M50X that still carries the same high-quality build, then the M40X is a great choice.
Sony MDR CD900ST
The Sony MDR CD900ST is one of the oldest headphones in this list that is still considered an industry standard. This headphone was first manufactured in 1987, which makes it one of the earliest competitors to the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro.
In terms of the sound quality, it has a bright sound signature with emphasis on the mids and highs. Due to the highs and mids’ emphasis, this headphone naturally reveals any flaws, which is always good as you can already determine any imperfections to your mix.
It is worth noting that the lower frequencies aren’t quite as emphasized as the other models on this list. This may be a downside for some, but the natural and accurate sound that the CD900ST produces is still hard to beat at this price range.
There are, however, some major downsides when it comes to build quality. The CD900ST has a non-folding design; the cable is straight and non-removable. The design is mostly outdated in terms of features, but these elements are what give the CD900ST its vintage appeal.
Overall, if you are looking for the most neutral sounding headphones on this list, then the Sony MDR CD900ST is one of the best ones to get.
Takstar Pro 82 – Budget Alternative
If you are looking for more affordable alternatives to the Custom One Pro, then we also have some options for you. One of them is the highly acclaimed Takstar Pro 82. It is a direct competitor to Audio Technica’s lower-end models, the M20X and M30X. But unlike those two models, the Pro 82 has lots of included accessories that make it a more value-oriented product.
Like the M40X and M50X, the Takstar Pro 82 features a removable cable. This is an excellent feature since the cable is usually the first thing that breaks in most headphones. It also means that you can change the cable to a longer or shorter size, depending on your needs.
In terms of the build quality, the Takstar Pro 82 is well built for its price. It is utilizing a plastic construction with some metal reinforcement on the hinges. Of course, it is not as rugged as the M40X and M50X, so do not just throw these around and expect them to survive. It does come with a metal flight case that is built well enough to protect your headphones.
As for the sound signature, the Takstar Pro 82 has a flat and neutral sound, which is similar to the M40X. Its sound is not as good as the higher-end headphone models, but it is usable enough for monitoring.
The Pro 82 also features a bass dial that can color the sound for music listening. However, this may ruin the sound signature, but it is a nice extra feature to play around with. Overall, if you are looking for a budget professional headphone, then the Takstar Pro 82 is a great choice.
Status Audio CB1 – Budget Alternative
The other budget alternative on this list is the Status Audio CB1. This headphone isn’t coming from a big name company such as Beyerdynamic or Audio Technica. However, its sound performance easily makes it sound way more than its asking price and allows it to compete with the big boys.
In terms of the sound quality, the CB1 comes close to the sound signature of established models such as the M50X. It features a tighter bass response and more detail compared to most budget offerings at this price point.
Also, the design of the Status Audio CB1 does not look cheap at all, and it features the same swiveling earcups, detachable cable, and foldable design that are mostly seen on higher-end models like the ATH-M50X.
Of course, the CB1 does not guarantee the same durability as the M50X, the DT 770 Pro, or the Custom One Pro. This is why we highly recommend getting the CB1 in an authorized/trusted dealer to make sure that you can return the headphones if any issue comes up.
But overall, if you are tight on budget and need a pair of headphones for casual music listening and professional work, then these headphones are hard to beat.
Stephen is a musician, cinematographer, and headphone enthusiast who is passionate about reviewing audio equipment. He has been playing guitar for at least a decade, which introduced him to professional recording equipment such as headphones and in-ear monitors. With the help of reviews and online content, he was able to learn the ins and outs of the hobby. His goal is to give back to the community by providing quality content to help others enjoy the beautiful (and expensive) world of audio.
Favorite Headphones: Sennheiser HD660s